Excerpted from Cynopsis Classified Advantage:
It's The Little Things That Can Make A Big Difference.
In past editions, I have covered many strategies concerning the interview. This week, I'm going to write about the small things, the things that people often forget.
One of the few things you have complete control over is what you wear. Make it good.
Make sure you know how to pronounce the name of the person you're meeting and the receptionist. Thank the receptionist, by name, on the way out.
Mind set: What can I do for you and your company...
Understand what you can specifically bring to the company, and sell it.
Understand what makes you unique, and make sure you communicate it clearly to the interviewer.
Know the mission statements of both your past and prospective employer. If not asked, you can reword and work their philosophy into yours.
If asked, accept water. It gives you something to do with your hands, and if you need time to think, take a sip.
Ask for the interviewer's business card. After leaving the office, check to make sure all contact info is on the card, if not, ask the receptionist for the address so you can send a thank you letter.
Don't try to fake it, ask for clarification if you don't understand something.
Ask about why the last person left, but if the interviewer side steps the question, leave it alone.
Be patient in answering your questions, it's better to be smart than fast.
Are you nervous? No, I'm excited.
Blog, blog, blog. This is your portfolio.
Exercise beforehand or whatever makes you calm.
Though difficult to decipher, understand the hiring manager may not be looking for the most qualified, but the best fit. Sometimes they are not the same thing. Use this knowledge to your advantage.
Without the use of pom poms, make sure the interviewer knows you're enthused about this opportunity.
If you are unemployed and the interviewer asks why, tell them in an honest and brief manner. Do not over explain.
Talk with passion, or lose the job.
Don't forget to smile. Nervous people often don't smile, a smile may make you stand out.
Finish the interview with three good reasons why you should be hired, and thank the interviewer for their time.